Kenya said on Friday that the Republic of Korea has accepted to buy green bananas and broccoli from Kenyan farmers.
“The animal and plant quarantine agency of the Republic of Korea has cleared green bananas and broccoli for export to Korea,” Chris Kiptoo, principal secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, said said in a statement.
“We request for assistance in contacting farmers and exporters so that they can take advantage of this opportunity,” he added.
Bananas are not one of Kenya’s staple food, but they are grown widely across the east African nation, with thousands of farmers living off the crop.
Central Kenya, in particular Murang’a, Kirinyaga and Meru, and Busia, Kakamega and Vihiga in the western part, top the other regions in production of the fruit that is widely consumed in the country as cooked, ripe or mashed.
“I am happy with the new market in Korea because this will offer us new opportunities and better returns. I have been farming bananas for all my life and there is good income in them but the biggest problem is the low prices,” said Cosmas Muriungi, who farms bananas on 20 acres in Meru. Enditem